I was writing a novel about the next 9/11 called The Black Stone a couple of years back and was tracing the origins of Arab terrorism. Naturally this led me back to Lawrence of Arabia fighting the Arab Revolt during World War I, or the Great War.
At first I meant to maintain an American perspective, but soon I found out that Lawrence of Arabia was the lone white man in ihis troop of Bedouins rebelling against the Turks. Only one American figured here, and his name was Lowell Thomas who wrote With Lawrence in Arabia
and started the legend that led to the famous 60’s movie.
Lawrence was of course British, and that clinched it. I had to give him a secretary, or adjutant, to observe the action. That led to the creation of Edward Ware, the main male character and the hero of my series of novels about World War I and World War II. No American would work here. We didn’t enter the war until 1917, and our troops arrived even later.